Delicious food and astounding views as the two of us chilled at Steamers Bar and Grill. Across the road from Steamers, paddle boarders and surfers enjoyed the rolling ocean waves. People rambled along this stunning aquamarine coastline absorbing the winter sunshine. It was a restful scene, a fitting start to our relaxing three days in Wollongong, a city blessed with white sandy beaches and a lack of busyness so often associated with larger cities.
Steamers Bar and Grill is spacious and inviting. Large windows, stylish lighting and greenery added colour to this nautical-themed eatery. An upturned boat with hanging lights is suspended front and centre in the indoor section.
On arrival at Steamers for lunch, we were shown to our table on the terrace. As this was mid-week, it was not busy. I would imagine that after work and on weekends, this place would be buzzing. The professional staff were friendly and attentive. The well-stocked bar is an airy, inviting space to sit and look beyond to the scene outside. There is plenty of seating inside but it is the outdoor area that invites guests.
We chose to have a tasting plate each, a glass of wine and admire the view. The menu is mostly a mix of Middle Eastern and Asian, as well as oysters and seafood dishes. We were spoilt for choice and it took considerable time to make a decision. The Bao Bun with char sui pork neck and caramelized pepper sauce was a contender. The Chargrilled Moroccan Cauliflower Steak with pomegranate salsa and beetroot hummus was an interesting alternative. The Turkey Sausage with blood pudding and cranberry jam was a fascinating option but in the end, we chose Mo Mo Nepalese Dumplings, chicken and spice deliciously wrapped in a thin dough, with a mildly spiced tomato peanut chutney. These dumplings were absolutely delectable.
We lingered on the terrace, mesmerised by the view, soaking in this midwinter warmth. Steamers Bar and Grill is definitely the place to go when in Wollongong. We later visited the Wollongong Head Lighthouse a short distance up Marine Parade, which has sweeping views of the ocean. The second lighthouse nearby, Wollongong Breakwater Lighthouse, has been inactive since 1974. Wollongong is the only point on the east coast of Australia which has two lighthouses.